Does the data show that childhood mistreatment leads to pedophilic behaviors? Is there a correlation between adult baby/diaper lovers (ABDL) and pedophilic desires?
Paraphilic Infantilism, more commonly known as Adult Baby/Diaper Lover (ABDL) is a sexual interest that is frequently misunderstood by the lay community and the mental health community alike. When someone who participates in ABDL behaviors ends up on the radar of law enforcement, this misunderstanding can be exacerbated.
There continues to be little research on this topic to help us understand those who participate in ABDL behaviors better as well as to provide education as to what it actually means. A 2019 study by Fuss et al looked at the association between childhood maltreatment and participation in paraphilic infantilism. This research sought to address the assumption many people have that if someone engages in these behaviors, they must have been abused.
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